National Library (Biblioteca Nacional), Santiago

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Housed in a grand neoclassical building with an imposing facade of columns and arches, National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) houses over six million volumes of books and manuscripts. Step inside to behold the diverse interior decoration of the early 20th-century building. Dark reading rooms with heavy wooden paneling contrast the central hall, which has an Internet section separated by modern glass walls. Walk through whitewashed halls with skylights and climb marble staircases holding on to handrails of wrought iron. If you need to rest, an atrium with a coffee stand serves refreshments and light meals. Put National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) into our Santiago day trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Santiago.
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  • Located in the Centre of Santiago in the middle of Avenida Libertador Bernardo or ' Higgins, opposite the Cerro Santa Lucía. A must visit site is open until 6 pm. Inside it also has very interesting exhibition halls. Regalame your vote
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  • Located on the promenade, close to the Cerro Santa Lucia, your building is impressive and very beautiful architecture, the place is very frequented by students, but for tourists not found interesting, there are a few exhibitions. We have not had access to the collection.
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  • Perfect liked too much and it wasn't because I'm a librarian, is why it really is very beautiful. Has some exhibitions outside, but I didn't get into the acquis and also do not know if can for visitors due to the time it was run.
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  • Virtually ALL of the people I encountered at the National Library were exceedingly rude--and most UNhelpful. Good luck if you go there with the idea of working. Then again, all of Santiago is like that, so ... maybe it's not so bad!!!!!
  • Hidden gem. This national Library was built in a historic building completed in 1925 although its history traces to nineteenth century. Extensive collections include Chile's first newspaper. There is an English speaking information desk. A small section of the library contains children books. Worth a short visit after visiting Santa Lucia
  • Beautiful architecture
  • Due to the crowds and the name in Spanish, you don't realize that you are walking past it initially, so watch out. Try to take a moment to stop and take it all in. Venture inside and you'll experience it in all its grandeur.
  • Peacefully library in middle of chaotic lovely Santiago to get take in reading
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